Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Lodatto finishes freshman hockey season

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Josh Lodatto led the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association in points for the 2013-14 season – as a freshman at Louisiana Tech.

The Minden native who has been playing ice and roller hockey since he was 4-years-old, was also voted captain by his teammates for the season.

"It's crazy," Lodatto said. "I wasn't expecting to do as well. I thought I would do okay, but I didn't think I'd lead the whole nation in points."

In roller hockey, goals and assists are worth one point each.

Lodatto had 131 points, playing 24 games in which he scored 69 goals and had 62 assists.

"As far as set up and scoring, he's probably the most valuable player on the team," coach Mike Hinton, a co-founder of the team as a student five years ago, said. "As a young player, he's become a pretty good leader. He took some of the unskilled players after hours, mentoring them and turning them into skilled players."

Lodatto played for a junior league (16 to 20 year olds) in Fort Myers, Fla., before attending Louisiana Tech. He now has his eye on going back to ice with the Lone Star Brahmas.

"I really miss the ice," he said. "I started playing roller hockey when I was four. When the Mudbugs came, that's when I started ice hockey, so I'd be doing both. I just go back and forth. You get used to the transition."

Lodatto will spend time with former Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs player Dan Wildson in a few weeks to prepare for a showcase in hopes of catching the eyes of NHL and college scouts.

"I've just never wanted to quit – it's something I love," he said. "I played football and a little baseball, but those things were getting in the way of hockey. It's my number one priority."

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